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NO. 2 12 Pages
WAYNESVILLE, N. C,
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'aimer To Serve On 19
ReprePentative Glenn C. Palmer
Cunt committees of the House
I Representatives Tuesday morn-
ne and will oe uu -
hefrislators in ti.c -
M- .. ..- l,oi,0n nf the
Besides Benin -" -- - -
committee on House F'"""-
Mr. Palmer s co-cniruwi. ...
u is serving u" uu ""
most important cummni.
. u time.
agriculture, higher education, and
roads. . . . ... , .
member, besides the two which
he is chairman and co-chairman,
. . pnnoTpRsional districts,
hanking, conservation and develop-
mem, - . '.. , i.ii
... -nnntlPS. Cities B"U WW11S
laws federal relations, higher edir-
.warm fneturine and labor,
,..-; p prtions ana eiecwuii
public welfare, roads, sanitary dis
tricts, unemployment. cuiuiraiBawvu,
printing, veterans iegisiuu. fu
lie buildings and grounds, am
- ,J inland fisheries.
The General Assembly is now
ready to get down to work, with
committees named m botn tne sen
.a nnJ thfi house.
Mr. Palmer told The Mountaineer
this week that the "local bills" for
Haywood would be "very lew.
Farm Agents Of
11 Counties Hold
All-Day Meet Here
Elpvpn counties of the Western
District of North Carolina farm
stents held a meeting here on
ith F. R. Farnham. dis
trict farm agent, and Miss. Anna
C, Rowe, district nome aemormwR
tion agent, pret&& -VJ???.
The obiect of the meetine was
to work out the plans for presen
tation of the 1945 production goals.
It was hrnuo-ht out in the meeting
the necessity for continued peak
production of food, even after tne
war is ended, otherwise there
might be a shortaee.
Amoni. the speakers at the
meeting which was an all-day ses
sion, opening- at 10:00 and closing
at 4:30 in the afternoon, were
r. S. Sloan, state extension pro
gram planning specialist, of Ral
eigh, who gave the background of
how war had affected food produc
tion in America. He went back as
far as 1912 and brought the survey
up to World War II.
Others taking part on the pro
gram were H. B. James, who is
with the Agricultural Economics
unit in Raleigh, Mrs. Frances Mc
Gregor Wall, state assistant 4-H
Club leader, and Miss Elizabeth
Williams, assistant in home man
agement and house furniture, of
the state extension service.
Farm agents and home demon
stration agents from the following
counties with number attending
from each were: Clay, 3; Cherokee,
4; Swain, 4; Graham, 4; Macon,
! Jackson, 4; Haywood, 4; Tran
sylvania, 3; Henderson, 3; Bun
combe, 6; and Madison, 4, making
a total of 43.
Sgt. R. D. Lowe
In Germany Dec. 20
Sergeant Robert D. Lowe, 22,
s"i of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Lowe,
Crabtree, has been slightly
wounded in action in Germany on
December 20, according to a mes
sage from the War Department
to bis parents.
This is the second time Sgt.
Lowe has been wounded, the first
t'me being in Belgium during Oc
tober, for which he was awarded
the Purple Heart
Lowe entered the service in
and was inducted at Camp
troft. From the latter he was sent
Camp Young, Calif., and then
j Camp Maxie, Texas., prior to
nng sent overseas, where he has
served for the past year.
He was first in England and
as with the invasion forces in
ance on D-Day. At the time
e entered the service Sgt. Lowe
was employed by the Dayton Rub
ber Plant here.
Mrs P-ji ft si j .
"muicj navnana, ine ior
Miss Lucile Satterthwaite, and
inex dan o. ..... nr o
pending sometime here at the
Bme of Mr.
Gets Purple Heart
s: .i.. ?a
CPL. DAVID C. G1LLETT. son
of Mr. and Mrs. John Gillett, of
Lake Junaluska, who was wounded
in action in Uermany, receives
recognition for his gallantry in
Cpl. D. C. Gillett
Is Awarded Ihe
Corporal David C. Gillett. son of
Mr. and Mrs. John Gillett. of Lake
Junaluska, who was wounded in ac
tion in Germanv in November, has
been awarded the Purple Heart,
according to information received
by his family.
Cpl. Gillett entered the service
on November 30, 1942 and was in
dudted at Camp Croft. From Croft
he was transferred to Camp Howsse,
Tex., and later to Camp Claiborne,
La., prior to being sent overseas
the first part of October, 1944.
He served first in England, then
France and later in Germany. He
is a First Aide man and is attach
ed to the Medical Corps.
Prior to entering the service Cpl.
Gillett was employed at the Ameri
can Enka Corporation.
He haa a brother, Sgt. Robt. Gil
lett, who is in the army and is now
stationed at Camp Fannin, Tex.
Staff Set. Arlis E. Suttles, is
recovering at the United States
A...viv r-onprl Wosrjital in England
from shrapnel wounds received in
firrV.t;ncr near Vire. France. He
has recently been awarded the
Silver Star for daring destruction
of a Nazi tank. He also holds the
Purple Heart and a regimental ci
tation. Sgt. Suttles is making satisfac
tory progress and will probably be
sent to the States for further treat
ment according to information re
ceived from the ward surgeon,
Captain Arthur P. Keller, of Ell
wood City, Pa.
Near Tessy-sur-Vire, Sgt. Sut
tles encountered a Nazi Mark V
tank which was in a position to
..nv .Vin fivp tanks in his pla
toon. He moved his tank forward
to a point blank range, destroying
the enemy tank.
"His action," stated the citation,
"saved his platoon from possible
The Silver Star was awarded
him by Col. Charles B. Kendall,
commanding officer of the hospital
His wife, the former Miss Hazel
Balding, and his son, Arlis L. Sut
tles, whom he has never seen, live
in Clyde. His father, John Sut
tles, resides in Joe. Sgt. Suttles
was' engaged in farming before he
entered the army in 1937.
Are Going Fast
Through- yesterday, 93 applica
tions ad been received for frozen
food lockers by the Farmers Fed
eration here, according to Mr. and
Mrs. Sam Houston who are hand
ling this work.
The lockers will be constructed
in the new building just acquired
by the Federation at the Depot
Before priority can be secured
for the construction of the lockers,
a large. percent of the proposed
lockers must be rented in advance.
8th, Adjourned 10th
Light Calendar Marked
Court With Judge J. Will
Pless, Jr., Presiding.
The January term of Superior
court, civil term, which convened
here on Monday, adjourned yester
day afternoon after three days of
trial of one of the lightest dockets
ever recorded in the county. Judge
J. Will Pless, of Marion, presided
over the three-day session.
Practically thP entire first day
was taken up with divorce cases,
with seven granted and one dis
missed as oi voluntary nun
with the plaintiff ordered to pay
the costs of the court.
In the case of Louise Taylor
versus Edwin Tavlor involving th
custodv of their child, the latter
was .riven to the plaintiff.
In the case of Eddy Woody
versus ft T. Reynolds, the defend
ants, their agents and employes
were restrained permanently from
placing any obstruction in the road
leading to the Eddy Woody place
and also to pay the costs of the
court with the exception of $5.00
advanced by the plaintiff in in
stituting the action.
The case of G. R. Ferguson and
G. R. Ferguson, assigns, versus
Dollie Ferguson, involving a will
an involuntary nonsuit was taken
by the plaintiffs, who were also
charged with the costs of the court.
In the case of H. A. Osborne
versus Tom Johnson and Mrs. Tom
Johnson, the plaintiff took volun
tary non suit.
The custody of James Leon Med-
ford, minor, whose father is serv
ing in the army, was awarded to
his maternal grandparents four-
fifths of the year and one-fifth ot
the year to his paternal grand
In the case of E. J. Rush, ver
sus GrtK5n Rush, in which the
nUintiff was alleired to have fradu-
lantly obtained a divorce, the de
fendant was given SO days in
which to answer or plead the case
as she desired.
Held Saturday For
Widow of Waynesville Phy
sician Dies At Home of
Daughter In Canton.
Last rites were held Satuurday
morning at 11 o'clock at the Way
nesville Presbyterian church for
Mrs. Mary Rinaldi MacFadyen,
85, widow of Dr. H. L. MacFad
yen, practicing physician of Way
nesvill.. for many years, who died
at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
John T. Bailey, in Canton on
Thursday. The body remained in
Tan. .on. until 10:30 o'clock when it
was brought here for the service
Officiating ministers were: Rev.
Malcolm R. Williamson, pastor of
the church, who was assisted by
Rev. S. R. Crockett, of Hazel
wood, former pastor of Mrs. Mac
(Continued on page 7)
Sgt. Bill Medf ord
Given Bronze Star
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Med
ford, on Sunday were presented
with the Bronze Star for bravery
in action posthumously awarded
to their son, Sgt. William A. Med
ford, Jr., a member of the famous
82n'd Airborne Infantry division,
who was killed in action in France
on July 4, 1944, while storming a
machine gun nest. The award
was made by Col. Ulric N. James,
commanding officer of the army
ground and services forces redistri
bution station in a simple ceremony
in the Medford home before mem
bers of the soldier's family, friends
and staff officers of the redistri
Also present at the ceremony
were: Mr. and Mrs. Ned Medford,
brother and sister-in-law of the
soldier; Mrs. Hugh L. Noland, sis
ter; Miss Nancy Noland, niece, and
the Rev. and Mrs. J. V. Underwood,
Mrs. Jack Felmet and Mrs. Sentall
Moody. Staff officers who were
present were Lt. Col. Charles S.
Gersoni, - executive officer of the
station; Lt. Col. Jay G. Wanner,
station surgeon; Lt Col. R. S. Mc
Connell, director of troops; Maj.
(Continued on page 7)
Heads Health Work
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DR. C. N. SISK
Dr. C. N. Sisk, district health
officer, was reelected at a meeting
Monday night of the Haywood
County Health Department.
Dr. Sam Stnngfield, county phy
sician, who has also served for a
number of years, was also renam
ed for a two-year term.
Members of the Haywood Coun
i.v Roard of Health include: George
A. Brown, Jr., chairman, county
board of commissioners, J. H. Way,
mayor, county seat, and M. H.
Bowles, county superintendent of
education, ex officio members, and
the following apapointed by tne
former, Dr. M. L. Reeves, and Dr.
A. C. Cline, Canton, and Dr. W. L.
Pvt. John Hill
Wounded A Second
Time On Dec. 23rd
Pvt. John Hill, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Sam Hill, of Waynesville, R.
F. D. No. 2, has been reported
slightly wounded in Fiance on De
cember 23, according to informa
tion received from the War Depart
ment by his parents.
This is the second time Fvt. Hill
has been wounded, the first time
in Italy on November 4, 1943. He
was also cited for bravery on the
Anzio beachhead attack.
Pvt. Hill entered the service as
a volunteer, leaving nere wnn
Comnanv "H" national guard unit
in September, 1940. Before going
overseas he was stationed at r ort
Jackson, Fort Ord, Calif., and at
Camp Pickett, Va.
He took part in the invasion of
Africa, Sicily, Italy and Southern
France. Pvt. Hill is a graduate
of the Waynesville township high
school and at the time he entered
the service was employed at the
Five Men Placed
In Class 1-A By
Board This Week
Fifty-seven men were reclassi
fied during the past week by the
draft board in this area, with five
of the number placed in class 1-A
as follows: Virgie Summey, Wil
lard R. Setzer, Willard Hicks,
James W. Ledford and Lonnie B.
Placed in class 2-A(F) was
Donald E. Hall.
Continued in class 2-A were:
Charlie B. Medford and Raymond
Continued in class 2-A(F) were:
William A. Withers and Welton
Placed in class 4-. was Willie
Placed in class 2-B(F) was Rich
ard A. Sheehan.
Continued in class 2-B(F) was B.
Continued in class 2-B were:
Ernest M. Breece, Sam W. Killian,
Roy A- Oxner, Roy N. Stephens,
Walker Gillett, Perry W. Hughes,
Clyde H. West, Clyde L. Fisher,
Kyle Campbell, Clarence S. Beck,
Noble N. Arrington, Abraham L.
Ensley, Jr., George C. Hooper,
Dr. S. P. Gay Returns
Home From Hospital
Dr. S. V. Gay, who has been
a patient in an Asheville hospital
for the past two weeks, has re
turned to his. home in Grimball
$1,338,017 In Bonds
During 6th Drive
Haywood county went 187
per cent above the Sixth War
Loan quota, and 115 per cent
above the E bond quota, it
wag learned from the treasury
department this week. Hay
wood's quota was $714,000 in
all bonds, and $401,000 in E
The official treasury records
showed this county was credit
ed with $1,338,017.76 for the
The district's quota was $6,
727,100 and sold $15,125,009.
Pvt. II. M. Smith
In Action In Italy
Private Haywood M. Smith, 87,
son of Tom Smith and the late
Mrs. Smith, of Waynesville, R.F.D.
No. 2. was killed in action in Italy
on November 25th, according to a
message from the War Depart
ment. He had been wounded twice
in action prior to the fatal in
juries receiver when he was killed.
Pvt. Smith entered the service
on May 17th, 1942, and was in
ducted at Camp Croft. Before be
ing sent overseas he received furth
er training at Camp Wallace, Tex.,
Camp Hulen, Shreveport, La., and
Camp Barkley, Tex.
He was with the 6th Army and
was first on combat in North Af
rica and later Sicily. In Sicily he
was wounded for the first time,
hut after beintr out for only a
short period he rejoined his com
pany and was with the first Amer
icans to enter Rome. He was
again wounded in action and was
sent to the North Area. He re
covered from his injuries and was
soon back on active duty.
TTa wan instantly killed bv enemy
machine gun In Italy, according to
information received. He was giv
en Protestant funeral service which
was conducted near the place of
his burial in Northern Italy by nn
Pvt. Smith was employed-by th
Unagusta Manufacturing company
at the time he entered the service
Surviving are his father; four
brothers, Will Smith, Bryson Smith
and Ben Smith, all of Waynesville,
and Jack Smith, of Lake Juna
luska; five sisters, Mrs. Julia Win
chester, of Hazelwood, Mrs. Valeric
Franklin, Mrs. Jack Kelley, Mrs.
Neal Mathia, and Miss Myrll
Smith, all of Waynesville.
Chas. Curtis, Jr.
Wins Bronze Star,
Oak Leaf Cluster
( Picture on page 8)
Staff Sgt. Charles Curtis, Jr.,
U. S. Infantry, has recently receiv
ed two citations, one in which he
was awarded the Bronze Star for
meritorious conduct in action on
August 29, 1944, in France and
shortly after the bronze oak leaf
cluster for achievement and service
in battle in France.
The first citation read in part as
follows; "Sgt. Curtis was serving
as a machine gun section leader
with an infantry unit engaged in
a bitter fire fight with a stubborn
ly resisting foe. The enemy was
effectively using machine guns and
mortar fires from well emplaced
positions and the Allies' attack had
been brought to a standstill.
"With complete disregard for
his personal safety, Sgt. Curtis
moved his machine guns to an ex
posed position in order to point out
by his fires the location of the var
ious enemy positions, so that ar
tillery observers could adjust -heavy
fire to neutralize the hostile guns.
(Continued on page 7)
Meet For First Time
In 3 Years In Germany
Pvt. Lloyd B. Caldwell, who has
been overseas since 1942 and SSgt.
Frank Caldwell, his brother, who
has been overseas for the past ten
months, met recently in Germany.
It was the first time they have seen
seen each other in three years.
They are the sons of Mr. and
Mrs. Tommie Caldwell, of Way
nesville, R.F.D. No. 2., who have
two other sons in the service. They
are: Pfc. Dock Caldwell, who has
been overseas for the past twenty
months and Tommie Caldwell, sea
man second class, who entered the
service in August, 1944 and is now
stationed at Camp Endicott, R. I.
I St - ;
HKV. K. (!. MURRAY moved to
Hazelwood this week to become
pa.-tor of the Hazelwood Baptist
Rev. Mr. Murray
To Serve Baptist
Rev. Everettc G. Murray and
family of Biltmore, moved to Haz
elwood this week, where Mr. Mur
ruy will he pastor of the Baptist
Rev. Mr. Murray is a native dT
Raleigh, graduated from Camp
bell's Junior College, Buie's Creek,
ami Hnnlin-Simmons University,
T..vas. and attended Southwestern
Baptist Theological Si minary, Fort
Worth, Texas one year.
TVip Murray's have two children
a son three years old, and a daugh
tnv 18 months old.
Hp hn erved the Belhaven
church and was assistant pastor a
Of County Library
Over .,0,000 Hooks Loaned
From County System Since
April 1, 194-1, Revealed In
At the regular meeting of the
Haywood county library board on
Monday, Miss Margaret Johnslon
librarian, stated in her re
noil that over 30,000 books havt
been loaned from the two libraries
in the county and the 17 book sti
imnu uinpo Anril 1. 1944.
Tier venort further revealed that
1,400 books have been added by
pu rc hase and that 2,332 books have
been loaned the Haywood county
library from the North Carolina
1 ilo-jirv Commisison to aid in
starting the county-wide library
Miss Johnston pointed out that
the book collection while increased
during the year was not sufficient
tn mwit thp prowintr demands of
iho von din it mihlie. Over 2,500
books have been sent to the 17
rural stations. As evidence of the
rural reader interest, she stated
that hp had received 417 definite
vi.niPK.s for hooks from the sta
tions alone, and that to date 281
had been filled.
The board appointed Miss Adah
Young who served as librarian for
Waynesville before the county sys
tem was inaugurated and who has
been doing part time work with the
county library, as a full time
county library assistant to Miss
The county librarian, Miss John
ston, was granted a two weeks'
vacation by the board beginning on
Plans were also made to ask all
civic groups in the county to
write to the representative from
this area in the General Assembly
and urge them to support the N.
C. Library Commission in their re
quest for appropriations for the
coming biennium for rural library
Col. J. H. Howell, chairman of
the county board, presided at the
meeting. Other members of the
board include: Mrs. H. A. Hedder,
Canton, Mrs. Troy Leatherwood,
Jonathan Creek, Mrs. T. L. Gwyn,
Waynesville, Glenn C. Palmer,
Crabtree, and George A. Brown,
RETURN FROM MARKET
Mr. and Mrs. C- J- Reece and
son spent several days in Atlanta
this week buying Spring merchan
dise for their ready-to-wear de--Qi-fmflnf
nf tho Southeastern
Style Show where all leading lines
Here Working To
Curb The Spread
Twofold Warning Issued, As
Disease Strikes At Humans
Due to an outbreak of Bang's
disease in the county, a check up
is being made of the herds in the
bv Dr. I.. M. Becton, oi
Asheville, who is employed by the
state and federal government, it
was learned this week from George
A. Brown, Jr., county manager.
If the disease spreads it will de
velop a serious situation in Hay
wood county, so in view of the pre
valence of the disease at this timo
in the county, the State Depart
ment of Agriculture has sent three
extra veterinarians from the U. S.
Department of Agriculture to as
sist in the work in the county, it
,.. .minted out bv Mr. Brown,
who also explained it was the first
check up since 1941.
"This is not only a serious situ
ation from the standpoint of the
loss in cattle, but also lrom ine
health of the people of our county.
Drinking milk from infected cows
will cause undulant fever and we
must protect our families and chil
dren," sai Mr. Brown in discuss
ing the situation.
Mr. Brown further pointed oui
that there had been a few cases of
thi fever already reported in the
county, and that drastic measures
must be taken at once to stamp it
out and prevent any additional
contagion from the disease.
"WUh the existence oi Bangs
disease in the county, there is a
definite need at this time for an
educational program in Haywood
county, so that the people wno own
the livestock as well as tne puwic
in general should have all neces
sary , ipioT&ation for protection,
said Howard Clapp, county iarm
Mr. Clapp announced tnat in
view of conditions in the county a
joint meeting of the Haywood
Hereford Breeders Association and
the Haywood Milk Breeders Asso
ciation had been called. The meet
ing will be held in the courthouse
and is scheduled for Wednesday
night, the 17th, at 8 o'clock in the
At this meeting Dr. William
Moore, state veterinarian, will dis
cuss the problems of control and
prevention of an epidemic of
Bang's disease and explain its
menace to the livestock industry
and to the health of the public.
"Aside from the standpoint of
the health of our people, which is
paramount at all times, we must
realize 'that the 30,000 head of
cattle in Haywood county repre
sent one of our major industries,"
explained Mr. Clapp.
The educational program wnicn
get underway following tne
meeting next week will be sponsor
ed by the county board of commis
sioners, the county farm agents,
and the county board of health.
Office Clerk Of
A routine audit of the .fnce ol ;
Hugh Leatherwood, cleik uf the
Superior court, has recently been
completed by W. Bowen Henderson,
of Asheville, it was learned this
week from George A. Brown, Jr.,
chairman of the county board of :
The audit extended through the i
period beginning December 1, 1942,
to November 30, 1944, according to
The audit shows that the cash
on hand as of December 1, 1942,
was $16,477.35 with receipts for
the period totaling' $91,290.64. Dis
bursements during the stated time
reached $78,910.25, leaving a bal- 'f
ance on hand as of November 80,
1944, of $28,857.74.
During the November term of
Superior court, criminal term, a
total of $4,539.35 was collected by
the clerk of the court in fines, it
was learned from Hugh Leather
wood, clerk. This was the largest
amount collected since Mr. Leather,
wood has been in office during one
term of court.
The audit of the office of the tax
collector and other offices of the
court house are in the process of
beinor anditpH K.- tt j
and the results will be announced